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Google's Bombshell: An Unlocked Galaxy S4 w/ Stock Android for $649

Authored by: Steven Blum — May 15, 2013
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Google just dropped a bombshell on the crowd at I/O.

The company is announcing the first-ever Galaxy S4 running stock Android. The phone will be available directly from the Google Play Store for $649 starting June 26th. It will have LTE support, it will receive updates promptly and its bootloader will be easy to unlock.

This is big news. Huge news, in fact.


Because before this announcement the HTC One had been the only phone out there that was unlockable and transferrable across multiple LTE networks. But it won't be for long. In one fell swoop, Google has changed the rules of the game. No longer is HTC One the modder's darling it once was.

Plus, it'll give those who hate Touchwiz a reason to buy the Galaxy S4. This is such a huge deal.


Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 1.9 GHz, 4 cores
or: Exynos 5, 8 cores
Adreno 320 GPU
Display: 4.99-inch, full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) Super AMOLED
Camera: 13 megapixel (Sony IMX135 sensor), rear, 2-megapixel front-facing camera
Memory: 2 GB
Internal memory: 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes, expandable through microSD cards
Temperature and humidity sensor
Battery: 2,600 mAh, replaceable
Dimensions: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm
Weight: 130 grams
Operating System: Android 4.2.2

Not many people clapped when Google announced the price of the stock Galaxy S4, but $649 is not a bad deal. It's not as great a deal as the Nexus 4, but it's less than what you'd pay for a Galaxy S4 today. 

Wow. I'm stunned.

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.


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  • Mark R. May 16, 2013 Link to comment

    good move by Samsung & Google, offers more choice to the consumer.

  • Dvoraak May 16, 2013 Link to comment

    I can understand the draw of vanilla Android but...... without Samsung's new camera features it will hardly be worth the money. Camera Sphere doesn't make up for what you'd miss. Some of the gesture settings are as useful as they are gimmicky too. In this case I'd say vanilla isn't better.

    Sidenote - The cash price in America for AT&Ts S4 is $650.

  • well I rather call it the Nexus S4,in short, the NxS4...
    But this is rather interesting, an AOSP Galaxy S4...

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